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Apply for consent for works affecting ordinary watercourses

Application form and supporting information for land drainage consent for works affecting ordinary watercourses

Land Drainage applications take up to 8 weeks to process. We cannot guarantee that applications will be decided earlier than this. Please factor this into your programme of works.

Coronavirus update: For the foreseeable future we will only be able to process applications which are submitted digitally to

You're required to submit a land drainage application to us if you wish to do any works which may affect the flow in a watercourse. This can include culverts, dams, weirs or installation of headwalls into a watercourse (including the bank).

When making an application it is essential to fill in the application form fully and accurately, and for any accompanying information, including drawings, maps, assessments and calculations submitted to be clear.

Before submitting and application you may find it useful to familiarise yourself with our consenting policy (PDF, 782KB), which outlines the features we would expect to see in an application and why.  

You may wish to discuss the information required with our officers before you make your formal application. Contact details can be found below.

Please note: Incomplete or illegible applications will be returned to the applicant and your fee will not be processed.